Presented for the first time at the 2013 GSCO convention, this award symbolizes a new cooperative effort between Grand Slam Club / Ovis and Safari Club International. GSCO and SCI awards are definitely the most desirable in the industry, so it was a natural next move for the two organizations to join forces in recognizing the “Best of the best” world class big game hunters, thus, the Pantheon was born. Individuals who qualify will be inducted into the Pantheon each year.
How was Pantheon chosen as the name for the new GSCO and SCI combined award? The dictionary gives four different definitions for the word Pantheon. One, of course, is “temple.” But the last listed definition is subtle, and a perfect fit for this award: “A group of important people.”
The criteria for the Pantheon are easily defined, but extremely difficult to ultimately accomplish. It takes a lifetime to meet all the requirements for being inducted into the Pantheon. Concerning GSCO’s award family, an individual must reach the highest levels. One must have a Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep; an Ovis World Slam Super 30 of the world’s mountain sheep; a Capra World Slam Super 30 of the world’s wild goats; and the Super Slam of 29 North American Big Game. SCI’s top objective award is the World Conservation and Hunting Award. The requirements for this SCI award are that members must achieve all SCI Grand Slams, and reach the Diamond Level of ALL Inner Circles. This necessarily dictates that one has traveled to all the hunt-able continents and taken all the major big game of the world.
Now you should be getting the picture of just how difficult the criteria for the Pantheon really are. Free of selection committees, emotions, personalities or any other subjective criteria, the Pantheon is a totally objective award, based solely on an individual’s documented achievements.